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Rielle Hunter says John Edwards an enthusiastic dad to their daughter

Rielle Hunter, who said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that former N.C. Sen. John Edwards is actively involved in raising their daughter, Quinn, now 8.
Rielle Hunter, who said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that former N.C. Sen. John Edwards is actively involved in raising their daughter, Quinn, now 8. AP

Rielle Hunter said in an interview broadcast Friday by ABC News that former N.C. Sen. John Edwards is an enthusiastic co-parent to their daughter Quinn, who was conceived during his run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

“He’s family. I absolutely love him,” Hunter said in an interview on “Good Morning America” with ABC correspondent Amy Robach.

“We’re very, very good friends. And great co-parents,” Hunter said. “And we have the same goals. We want the best for Quinn. We get along great.”

Hunter, 52, who lived in Charlotte when news of the affair with Edwards became mainstream news in 2008, now lives near West Palm Beach, Fla.

Quinn, now 8, who appeared beside her mother in the interview, told Robach she sees her father “as often as I can.”

Hunter said Edwards, who returned to practicing law after being acquitted of using campaign money to cover up their affair, is a doting father.

“He loves her so much it’s cute,” she said. “I think he has a real soft spot for her. He does. He gets very choked up by her.”

Hunter said she and Edwards have been open with Quinn about how she came to be in the world. And she said she acknowledges making mistakes in life and takes responsibility for them.

When Robach asked Quinn a lesson she’d learned from her mother, the child replied, “That it’s okay to make mistakes. And not to be hard on myself.”

Hunter said enduring attacks after the Edwards affair became known gave her an appreciation for the candidate she’ll support in November.

“Part of what I love so much about Hillary Clinton is she has had everything thrown at her but the kitchen sink, and maybe even the kitchen sink,” she said. “She doesn’t ever give up and I admire that.”

Researcher Maria David contributed to this report.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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